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Kim Neudorf
2012 Critic's Picks
December 18, 2012

1. Rifts, barriers, tongues, compromised signals: pathways in between language and thought in Kevin Rodgers' solo show Out of Order at McIntosh Gallery this summer. Post-exhibition, I was lucky to preview Rodgers' hilarious audio piece HOW FAR DOES TODAY REACH before it was featured in Nicolas G Miller and Steve Kado's The Talking Show and broadcast on KCHUNG radio in Los Angeles (the full audio can be heard here). My favorite moments are the intensely platitudinal musical cues, a series of self-mimicking self-help affirmations, and a sudden flat "but so what?"



The Parker Branch

2. Each exhibition at The Parker Branch, particularly of the last few, was an irresistible invitation to suddenly or possibly available sightings. One promised "a sculpture from 1977 by David Merritt" alongside beer, locally baked bread, and candlelight on a sweltering summer evening. Another made strange material connections between boxing gear, a delicate assemblage by Tyler Clarke Burke, and a garish and aged lumpen doll with hair resembling a Victorian court judge via George Cruickshank.

3. In his weeklong PhD Prospectus exhibition at Western University's ArtLab in October, Colin Miner's photographs, videos, and objects insinuated themselves in between zones of spatial, temporal, and photographic languages. After many sightings, I most remember furtive, leery physical behaviors amongst works. For instance: alongside photographic textures resembling sci-fi shapes and celestial ciphers, a small white-framed photograph sat on the floor upon a "spotlight" with a silvery top (as if too sensitive to let its feet touch the floor).


Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer currently living in London, Ontario. Her paintings have shown in the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Stride Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. She has contributed writing to FFWD, shotgun-review.ca, Prairie Artsters, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Stride Gallery, and Truck Gallery, as well as her own blog. She is Akimbo's London correspondent.

 

 

 

 

 

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